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Konador


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Challenge: Emotion (Classic Editing)
Collection: People
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Studio
Date: Mar 22, 2003
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2003

I was really considering not entering this photo, as I didn't think the negative space would be all that popular. I guess it will be either a love or hate thing.

About the title. I couldn't for the life of me think of one, and then Allie suggested this to me and I thought it fit really well, for reasons that I'm not really sure of. Well, I guess that will be a love/hate thing as well :)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 71
Avg (all users): 6.8396
Avg (commenters): 8.4706
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 6.6792
Views since voting: 5777
Votes: 106
Comments: 48
Favorites: 14 (view)


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01/20/2006 08:40:03 PM
i love this. the negative space works really well here.
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04/06/2003 04:53:00 PM
Well well well.. hello from the critique club!
Hi Ben.

LOL, nice way to put me on the spot with giving me a winner. Darned mixed critiquing thingy list. YOu know what I mean. Well. let's get to your picture.

Personally, I love negative space, and I use it frequently in my photos, and I love black and white, which I also use frequently enough. Soo... What's the problem and why didn't you win? That's the main thing I think I will focus on.

Now.. I think there's a teeeny tiny focus problem and the focus is a tad bit soft on your face (not the negative space). Now a soft focus on this picture is good in my opinion, but some people don't like it.

I know I can't give you any helpful critisism. Honestly. BUT! I can tell you that you achieved a great shot here, and my only suggestion would have been a candle in the left hand corner. I don't know what that woulddo, but it might make more sense with the actual title. You know? maybe just half the candle.. ooh, I think that would be nice.

Anyway, enough of that, I think this is a stunning shot and conveys emotions very well. You should be proud. I think this is one of your best shots ever.
*smooches*
-da
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04/04/2003 10:21:19 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon.

You are an outstanding young photographer. Personally I like "Wrath - The Fiery Rage Within" and "Candid Encounter" among others.
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04/03/2003 01:29:51 AM
Wonderful shot Ben. You really are developing a nice style with your outstanding use of negative space. Congrats!
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04/01/2003 04:41:16 PM
Ben, you are really starting to develop a nice style with the use of black and white along with dramatic lighting and interesting compositions. I knew it was yours and a winner even from the thumbnail. Congratulations.

T
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04/01/2003 06:45:48 AM
Nice one Ben - well done! :)
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04/01/2003 06:42:47 AM
No one deserves a ribbon more than you. Well done
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03/31/2003 03:25:33 PM
Congratulations, Ben!

Bill (wackybill)
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03/31/2003 10:05:16 AM
Congrats, great job. Perfectly appropriate use of negative space.
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03/31/2003 09:33:52 AM
Woo Hoo Ben!

<bounce> <bounce>

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03/31/2003 08:41:55 AM
Yay Punkin! this was one of my 2 highest rated shots! i'm so impressed--but didn't expect any less from you! ;)
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03/31/2003 08:22:42 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, Ben! Great shot!
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03/31/2003 08:00:59 AM
Congratulations on earning the ribbon. There ain't no stopping you now.

Anthony.
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03/31/2003 07:36:25 AM
woohoo!!! you did it!!! Next stop, the top! BTW, kudos on acknowledging the help with the title - unlike some people ! ; )

Message edited by author 2003-03-31 08:05:22.
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03/31/2003 05:17:37 AM
Ben! Your first Ribbon! Congratulations. Well deserved.
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03/31/2003 04:24:42 AM
Many congratulations Konador. Exceptional pic. And I remain without a ribbon.... - Bob
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03/31/2003 02:20:32 AM
Well done Ben! A ribbon at last, it's about time : )
Another great trademark self portrait with fantastic lighting, top stuff.
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03/31/2003 01:15:27 AM
Thanks everyone :D

Message edited by author 2003-05-30 07:20:42.
03/31/2003 01:04:33 AM
Good one Ben, you got your ribbon at last! Congrats from me too.
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03/31/2003 12:42:47 AM
Well done, Your Holyness!
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03/31/2003 12:40:39 AM
BEN - Gongrats mate. A job well done.
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03/31/2003 12:34:55 AM
Congrats!
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03/31/2003 12:15:32 AM
Congratulations, Ben... Great photo!
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03/31/2003 12:05:06 AM
Wohoo, congrats!!! :)
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03/31/2003 12:04:19 AM
woohoo, Ben!!! this was one of my faves for the week. well done and conrgrats!
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03/31/2003 12:04:05 AM
Congratulations!! You did it!!
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03/31/2003 12:03:53 AM
Congrats Ben! Third place ribbon! woo hoo!
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03/31/2003 12:02:30 AM
Nicely done Ben. You're turning out to be an excellent model.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2003 11:25:47 PM
Great use of negative space, and the lighting is awesome! 10
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03/30/2003 06:41:19 PM
Placing the subject in the corner you have given the viewer the feeling of solitude, great job..
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03/30/2003 07:43:01 AM
very good 10/10
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03/29/2003 07:37:29 AM
A very emotional photo. Is this a self portrait? If it is you have done an exceptional job. I really like how you have used all the black space apove the model. The lighting is just awesome as to is the b&w in which you chose. The expression on the models face tells a story of some sort too! An excellent well thought through image. Well done 10 :)
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03/28/2003 08:04:17 PM
Negative space. ....
Works fairly well here. Nice lighting, love the chiarroscurro effect. ;P
One thing really bothers me .. sorry to say.. but it looks like someone has a cold rather than being devout. :/
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03/28/2003 12:06:49 AM
great use of empty space and great lighting.
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03/27/2003 10:35:55 AM
the eloquent emptiness is very effective in this composition, but holy...?
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03/26/2003 12:32:46 PM
this is a great pic, reminds me of my life
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03/26/2003 12:20:14 AM
nice way you've presented your idea. good lighting, great focusing, good use of 3rds, nice black back.
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03/25/2003 08:11:09 PM
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03/25/2003 09:49:52 AM
I really like this and can't exactly put my finger on why. The detailing is wonderful and the compositing quite moving. Thanks for sharing!
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03/24/2003 10:45:24 PM
Lighitng and composition are nice. Emotion doesn't come through.
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03/24/2003 09:32:11 PM
the title doesn't match the image, but the image is very nicely done.
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03/24/2003 09:05:30 PM
Nice use of negative space, and a very impressive exposure! Great work.
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03/24/2003 08:47:02 PM
Maybe a little overboard on the negative space, but I stress the word little because I like the effect you've created.The lighting works great. This is a great example of how a photo that already contains emotion is enhanced greatly by a good title. The title really puts the icing on the cake here. Great work. 9
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03/24/2003 01:44:21 PM
Ah. Beautiful lighting and I love the use of negative space here. 9
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03/24/2003 01:36:10 PM
Pretty good work, although I'd of liked to see a bit more hand. I do like this, and I do like the negative space.
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03/24/2003 01:16:47 AM
Isn't it amazing how the right contrast can bring out the few simple details that reveal the emotion? I love the lighting in this photograph.
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03/24/2003 01:07:42 AM
For my tatstes there is too much blank at the top of this photo. I do like the lighting on the face.
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03/24/2003 12:08:57 AM
Beautiful. 200x better than my entry. 10.
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